The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

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Huey G. Huhn, 1951-1974

MSS-011

Size: 2 linear feet

Provenance: Huey G. Huhn donated his papers to the University of Toledo Libraries in 1974.      

Access: Open

Collection Summary: Huhn's papers were generated during his retirement in Rogers, Arkansas and consist primarily of letters, articles, and short stories written on a variety of subjects in the areas of business and politics.  Huhn also wrote a book, Great Oaks, which provides short histories of large U.S. corporations. In addition, the collection contains poetry, a typescript for Great Oaks, clippings, photographs, publications, and a copy of a speech that President Kennedy was to make in Dallas the day he was assassinated.

Subjects: Business and Commerce, Glass Industry and Politics & Government

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Barbara A. Shirk, May 1986, updated: April, 2014

 

Biographical Sketch

1889

 

born on January 24 at Half Day, Illinois

1912

 

moved from Chicago to Toledo to work with the Clover Leaf Railroad

1919

 

joined Owens Bottle Machine Co. as assistant traffic manager

1929

 

began as sales representative for Libbey-Owens-Ford in St. Louis, Missouri

?

 

district manager, industrial sales for Libbey-Owens-Ford in Chicago

Early 1940s

 

back to Libbey-Owens-Ford in Toledo as general traffic manager

1950

 

retired from Libbey-Owens-Ford

1952 and later

 

moved to Rogers, Arkansas

 

became a sales representative for Industrial Commodity Corporation of New York City

 

 

married Evelyn T. Hall

 

 

served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Benton County Historical Society since its beginning and edited its quarterly, the Pioneer

 

 

had a 5-minute Sunday segment on a Rogers, Arkansas radio station for the discussion of local history for a period of two years

 

 

ran for the State Legislature as a Republican and lost

 

Scope and Content Note

The majority of Huey G. Huhn's papers consist of letters, stories, and articles written on a variety of subjects in the areas of business and politics.  The letters are directed mainly to publishers, corporations, and political figures. Mr. Huhn's Republican affiliation is evident in his writings, and through them he attempts to stimulate the thinking of the readers.  The papers, which date from 1951-1974, encompass his retirement years in Rogers, Arkansas.  Many of the stories and articles were done for publication but very few were published.  He occasionally used the pseudonyms of Timothy Hay and Horace Hentz but stated they were not intended for the purpose of disguising his identity.  His greatest undertaking was Great Oaks, a compilation of short articles into book form.  Each article provides a history of one of the nation's largest corporations and chronicles its entry into the business world.

Mr. Huhn's subjects include techniques for succeeding in business, school prayer, the constitution, urban renewal, rent subsidies, taxes, minimum wage, strikes, national debt reduction, social security, Medicare, competition between government and industry, recycling garbage and waste, fluoridation, international trade, pricing and merchandising, airport security, gun control, foreign aid, Panama Canal, busing of school children, sanctions against aggressor nations, election reform, mass transit, and federal aid to education. In addition, there are letters and articles in regard to "The National Hall for Unusual Names" which he formed in Rogers, Arkansas.  As a result of this, people throughout the United States sent him unusual American names.  Included also is a copy of a speech that President Kennedy was to make in Dallas on the afternoon of the day he was killed.  There is one letter among the papers which was sent to him by a relative in Germany and is written in German.

Some of the notable correspondents found among the papers are George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, Winthrop Rockefeller, Paul Harvey, J. W. Fulbright, Bill Brock, Dale Bumpers, Herbert Hoover, Ted Kennedy, Lester Maddox, Wilbur D. Mills, Thurston D. Morton, Richard Nixon, Charles H. Percy, James A. Rhodes, John L. McClellan, Michael B. Smith, Everett McKinley Dirksen, Sam J. Ervin, Jr., Gerald R. Ford, Barry Goldwater, Jesse Helms, Jacob K. Javits, Rogers C. B. Morton, Edmund S. Muskie, Ronald Reagan, John G. Tower, and Walter F. Mondale.

Folder List

Box

Folder

Folder Title

 

 

 Correspondence

1

1

         Constitution (1 of 3), 1966

 

2

         Constitution (2 of 3), 1967

 

3

         Constitution (3 of 3), 1968-1974

 

4

         Election Reform, 1968-1974

 

5

         Fluoridation, 1958-1973

 

6

         Great Oaks (1 of 2), 1965-1967

 

7

         Great Oaks (2 of 2), 1968-1973

 

8

         International Trade (1 of 2), 1962-1963

 

9

         International Trade (2 of 2), 1964-1971

 

10

         Minimum Wage, 1967-1974

 

11

         National Hall For Unusual Names, 1968-1970

 

12

         Pricing Methods, 1953-1960

 

13

         Recycling, 1970-1971

 

14

         Republic vs. Democracy, 1963-1970

 

15

         Sanctions, 1959-1972

 

16

         Social Security, 1960-1965

 

17

         General (1 of 5), 1951-1961

 

18

         General (2 of 5), 1962-1963

 

19

         General (3 of 5), 1964-1965

 

20

         General (4 of 5), 1966-1973

 

21

         General (5 of 5), 1974

 

22

         Book (1 of 3) Great Oaks

 

23

         Book (2 of 3) Great Oaks

 

24

         Book (3 of 3) Great Oaks

 

25

         Articles (Business)

 

26

         Articles (Miscellaneous)

 

27

         Articles (Political Science)

 

28

         Short Stories

 

29

         Poetry

 

30

         Photographs

 

31

         Publications, Clippings, Etc. (1 of 4)

2

32

         Publications, Clippings, Etc. (2 of 4)

 

33

         Publications, Clippings, Etc. (3 of 4)

 

34

         Publications, Clippings, Etc. (4 of 4)

 

35

         Miscellaneous

 

Last Updated: 4/17/14